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New Studio Launch: The Bar Method Campbell
The Bar Method is growing in Northern California! The Bar Method Campbell is owned by Stephanie Cho and Leslie Ann Searson, who also have a studio in Santa Clara, CA. We caught up with them recently to learn more about who they are and how The Bar Method inspired them to open two studios!
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
Not sure if this makes me “interesting”, but I have a completely different background from health and fitness! 🙂 I worked in corporate strategy for commercial banks for years (5 alone after business school), and suddenly realized that life was too short to not thoroughly enjoy what I did for a living. I officially left corporate life in 2011, and we opened a Bar Method in Santa Clara in 2012! I have two adorable children, my son Parker is 2, and my daughter Andie is 6 weeks! My husband works at Netflix, and we’re basically just a happy, crazy, chaotic mess when I’m not at the studio.
Leslie: I am a Bar Method fanatic who loves community, meeting new people, staying healthy, and enjoying the family life. I guess something that’s interesting about myself is that I’m a twin who recently had twins. I actually really wanted to be a mother of at least 2 so I feel blessed that I was able to carry twins for my first pregnancy. They are a handful and GIANT (my 5 month old son is already 20 lbs and the size of a toddler) but they are my whole world!
What’s your Bar Method story? How did you get involved?
Like so many other clients, I was introduced to the Bar Method through a friend. I just became obsessed with not only how it changed my body, but also how it made me feel!
Leslie: I moved to San Francisco with my husband and got introduced to The Bar Method as a daily distraction while looking for work back in 2010. My “twin” sister was the flagship studio’s personal massage therapist (back when they had one) and she swore by the program. After my first class I was of course hooked and decided to shift career gears and open my own studio.
How has Bar Method changed your life?
Well the biggest change has obviously been in my career. But other than that, the Bar Method has changed not only how I look, but also how I view health and fitness in general! Previously, I was all about aesthetics, but now I’m more concerned with my mental connection to my health and wellness. And this has changed every facet of my life – from how I view achieving balance in my life, to how I deal with stress and even my complete lack of sleep from having a newborn!
Leslie: After having had twins, I didn’t think I would be able to recover as quickly as I did! I was able to return to the studio full time while my business partner was on maternity leave and open up a second studio all at the same time. It’s the physical strength and the mental endurance that Bar Method principles are based on that allow me to push myself everyday, even outside the studio, to be my absolute best!
The studio is located near San Jose, in the heart of the city of Campbell at 2020 S Bascom Ave. Campbell, CA 95008. It’s a block away from Downtown, and conveniently located across from the Pruneyard shopping center.
Bar Method studio owners are a special breed. They are more than a hundred strong now, and though they are from all sorts of backgrounds, they all dreamed of owning a business that changes people’s lives, and they had the determination and can-do spirit to make it happen. If this sounds like you, reach out to us so we can share with you what it takes to become a Bar Method studio owner! Email us at [email protected] or fill out our online inquiry form.